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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

Several Mandan Indians and two Expedition men suffer from the cold while out hunting bison. One Indian boy is missing and Ordway expects the missing Expedition hunter will freeze to death during the night.

From the journals...

2 of our party went out a hunting this morning; they got parted from each other & one of them returned in the evening. had Suffered considerable with the cold. we expected nothing else but the other man had froze or would freeze this night.

John Ordway

Buffalo Chase in Snowdrifts, Indians Pursuing on Snowshoes

Historical painting of plains Indians wearing snowshoes and hunting buffalo

Painting by George Catlin circa 1832.